Lamb Jam Tickets are on Sale Now!
C elebrate Summer on the farm
with friends, family, and local farmers!

Live music by The Lucky 5, delicious food, and loads of fun for all ages
Sunday, June 30, 5:00-8:00 pm

Tickets start at $20 and kids 12 & under get in FREE.

The price of admission includes a delicious spread of local meat and produce cooked by Steve Browning of the Prairie Whale (grilled lamb, hot dogs, plus assorted sides and salads), dessert, a keepsake Berkshire Grown mug, and one drink ticket. Additional mugs and drink tickets can be purchased for $5 each.

This is a zero-waste event and everyone is encouraged to bring your own plates and silverware. Compostable materials will be available if needed.

Special thanks to Indian Line Farm, Prairie Whale, Blue Q, Berkshire Bank, The American Lamb Board, Brattle Farm, Mayflower Farm, North Plain Farm, and Old Inn on the Green.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit  BerkshireGrown.org/LambJam .
The 2019 Guide to Local Food and Farms has arrived!
Berkshire Grown’s annual guide to locally grown food is the go-to reference for local food and farms in the Berkshires and surrounding areas.

Look out for it throughout the county this summer,
at farmers markets near you, and in the mail (if you’re a  Berkshire Grown member) .

Or, check out the digital format here.
What We Are Reading:
The income inequality problem Massachusetts ignores

By: Adam Hinds for The Boston Globe
In a recent article in The Boston Globe, MA State Senator, Adam Hinds, lays out the reality of growing income inequality in Western Mass and offers a solution: “Massachusetts needs its own version of a farm bill. A statewide rural renewal plan, similar to the federal farm bill passed at the end of 2018.”

Read the article to see how Sen. Hinds is advocating for a shift in approach as we consider long-term development in our rural communities and economy.

The entire article can be found here .
Pick Your Own Strawberries!
Thompson Finch says that their fields are ready for picking! As with any pick your own (PYO) farm, it is always a good idea to call ahead ( 518-329-7578) before making the trip - availability (and weather) changes very quickly.

They are o pen every day 8am-5pm through (approximately) July 10, and remind everyone that dogs are not allowed on the premises.

For more information, visit thompsonfinch.com or on Facebook .
What We Are Reading:
Millennials ‘Make Farming Sexy’ in Africa, Where Tilling the Soil Once Meant Shame
By:   Sarah Maslin Nir for The New York Times
Around the world, a new generation of farmers is changing the way people look at agriculture. Young entrepreneurs in Africa "are applying scientific approaches and data-crunching apps not just to increase yields, but to show that agriculture can be profitable."

These "agripreneurs" are doing the unexpected - many of them are leaving the office jobs their families envisioned for them and finding a rewarding and enriching career in farming.

Click here to read the article.
Update on HIP (Healthy Incentives Program)
The Mass Senate and House have begun reconciling the differences in their two budget proposals, please call your legislators and ask them to support the Senate's proposal of $6.5 million for the Healthy Incentives Program! Find your legislators' contact information at malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator .

To keep up to date on what is happening with HIP, visit mafoodsystem.org/projects/sub/hip-indivs.

Thank you, Thad!
Each year, it is a massive job to get 20,000 copies of the Guide to Local Food and Farms distributed throughout the region.

We have them stashed in basements, offices, and backrooms throughout the county so when someone asks for their supply to be replenished, there are always copies nearby.

This year Thad Kubis, an incredible volunteer, personally delivered 5,000 of our Guides to almost 100 locations in just a couple of days! We are so grateful to Thad for his help.

If you are interested in volunteering (or if you want multiple copies of the farm guide), just let us know!
Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.
Stay in Touch
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. 
Please send information to  alicia@berkshiregrown.org

Margaret Moulton, Executive Director
Jess Camp, Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Communications Director

Join Berkshire Grown  here .